Chicago Sun-Times

Uber Freight starts its 1st electric-truck test in California


Chicago-based logistics broker Uber Freight said it has launched its first program to expand use of electric trucks in shipping.

The company, part of the ride-hailing provider Uber Technologi­es, said it is cooperatin­g with a shipper and WattEV, which plans a nationwide network of charging facilities for heavy-duty vehicles. The program is being tested on routes in Southern California and will generate data for making truck transporta­tion more sustainabl­e.

“Electric trucks are finally here,” said Uber Freight’s head of sustainabi­lity, Illina Frankiv. She said replacing traditiona­l exhaust-spewing semis “will have a profound impact on logistics, and we’re excited to build the technology platform to enable their seamless integratio­n into supply chains.”

A company spokesman said the program was deployed in January and that the vehicles have logged more than 10,000 miles.

The shipper participat­ing in the project is CHEP, which has a goal of net-zero emissions for its operations by 2040. CHEP is the main operating unit of an Australian company called Brambles that has made sustainabi­lity a priority.

WattEV said it has a short-term goal of expanding its charging network to Northern California and Arizona.

Using the Uber Freight platform, CHEP will schedule and deliver loads, track status and manage paperwork.

An Uber Freight spokesman said the program is having no immediate impact on jobs at the Chicago headquarte­rs inside the Old Post Office, 433 W. Van Buren St. In January, Uber Freight laid off about 150 workers, or about 3% of its staff, with many of the cuts hitting Chicago.

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PROVIDED Uber Freight is involved in a test of systems for managing electric heavy-duty trucks.

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